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Katy Perry Tries to Block Designer Katie Perry From Using Name

June 19, 2009 10:09 AM ET

Australian fashion designer Katie Perry started her high-end clothing line two years ago — before Katy Perry broke big with "I Kissed a Girl" off her debut album One of the Boys — but she didn't trademark the name of her label then, which may prove to be a problem. EMI has sent the designer a cease-and-desist order, Reuters reports, announcing the pop star's intention to stop the clothing line from using a "similar name." Perry the singer — who is a fashion buff — was born with the name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; the designer's given name is Katie Jane Perry.

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